Monday, April 19, 2010

iPad Jailbreak Legal?

Jailbreaking is a process that allows an iPad users to run any code on their devices as they choose, as opposed to only the code authorized by Apple. Once unlocked (or jailbroken), users are able to download unapproved applications previously not available through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, as well as illegally pirated apps. Regarding the practice - Apple says "no way" while, Hackers say, "way'!!!

The debate has gotten heated over the years, and even more so now with the release of Apple's iPad, which hackers were able to jailbreak into within days of its release. The 'fly in the ointment' with iPads is that if a ruling does come down in favor of the EFF and jailbreaking is deemed legal, this ruling would not apply to iPads, since only iPhones and iPod Touch were submitted with the original EFF exemption request.

Scare Tactic Posters:

Jay Freeman, founder of Cydia estimates 8.5% of all iPhones and iPods Touch are jailbroken--and given the possibilities with the iPad's crazy battery life and powerful processor, he sees some really impressive jailbreak apps in the future.

Much more on legality of jailbreaking from Ron Callari: Inventor Spot Writer

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